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Hope of a potential new treatment for osteoporosis

Hope of a potential new treatment for osteoporosis

The genetics underlying bone thinning disease osteoporosis is being examined by Australian and Canadian researchers in the hope of finding improved treatments.

Scientists have discovered a gene strongly implicated in osteoporosis, raising hope of a potential new treatment and early detection of the bone-thinning disease that is often caught too late.

The gene called GPC6 is one of 153 new gene variants associated with osteoporosis identified by Australian and Canadian researchersPhoto: New genetic clue in osteoporosis found

What makes this gene particularly interesting is that it encodes a protein that is present on the surface of cells, making it a potential candidate for a drug target,” said Professor David Evans at the University of Queensland’s Diamantina Institute.

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